Saturday, November 01, 2008

Who Would the Iraqis Vote For?

Meanwhile, which candidate would Iraqis vote for?! With all the hysterics and the apocalyptic language that the media, the Left, and the war opponents use for the conflict, shouldn't the Iraqis' views be taken into account? (Answer: not if their views doesn't mesh in with the Media's, the Left's and the war opponents' (simplistic) views…) For the rest of us, however…
"The Iranians believe that if Obama is elected he will not take action against them despite their nuclear ambitions. That worries me," said Ali, sitting on an old bench in Al-Zahawi coffee shop.

"If the Iranians get the bomb they will become the Tarzan of the region," said the former teacher and lecturer at the University of Baghdad, referring to the vine-swinging strongman of the jungle in old Hollywood movies.

Mohammed, also a professor at the university, said he too preferred McCain "because Obama supports a rapid withdrawal of US troops."

"Our army is still too weak and Turkey and Iran are threats. Iran's President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad has warned Iran would fill the void left when US troops depart," he said.
Like I've always said, the thing to notice about Iraq articles and columns and op-eds in the mainstream media in both America and abroad is how few of their signers have Arab names; is how few of the holders of these opinions are in fact Iraqi; is how few of them live in Iraq now and how few of them had to live in Iraq under Saddam Hussein… (Of course, the same thing — with Iraqis changed to Vietnamese — can be said for opinions about the "horrid" Vietnam war…)

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